The Key to Detecting Early Alzheimer's May Lie In Your Eyes and Nose

July 16, 2014 11:53 PM

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The Key to Detecting Early Alzheimer's May Lie In Your Eyes and Nose

Early detection of Alzheimer’s may start in the eyes or nose, not in the brain. This conclusion is the result of several new research studies that were reported during the week of July 12-17, 2014 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2014 (AAIC® 2014) in Copenhagen.

Researchers at the Harvard Aging Brain Study used the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) to study the ability of 215 healthy participants with no memory loss to recognize familiar smells. UPSIT consists of 40 scratch-and-sniff panels with different odors.

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